Exceptional performance in 2014 IGCSE/GCSE exams

GEMS International schools celebrate exceptional performance in 2014 IGCSE/GCSE exams

Dubai, UAE, August 21, 2014:  Students from GEMS International British Curriculum Schools across the United Arab Emirates have outperformed their counterparts in England once again in the IGCSE/GCSE examination results.

Fiona Cottam, Director of International Schools, GEMS Education, was delighted with this year’s results. “The outcomes achieved by GEMS students, once again reflect the hard work and commitment of our students.  These excellent results, which continue to be well above UAE, UK, IB and International norms, are testament to the exceptional inputs from the students themselves and our teaching staff.  GEMS parents and families have played their important part in supporting the learning journey and there is much cause for celebration today in homes across the globe.  Our commitment to the delivery of a quality education is evidenced in these outcomes.  We ensure that our students are prepared for the next stage of their journey through life, whether it be Sixth Form studies, university, internships or employment.  GEMS schools send students to over 600 universities around the world, including the prestigious Russell Group of Universities in the UK and the Ivy League in the US.  Students and parents can continue to have confidence that GEMS delivers an education that prepares our young people for on-going future success.”

GEMS congratulates its 2014 cohort of high-performing students.

IGCSE/GCSE examinations
As in previous years, GEMS witnessed an upward trend across all its schools.

Particular highlights included Jumeirah College, with 56 percent A* - A grades overall and 38 percent of their students gaining 8 or more A* / A grades, and the Cambridge High School and Wellington International School with 46 and 45 percent of A* - A grades respectively.   This compares extremely favourably to the initial results from the UK for A* and A grades, reported as 21 percent.

Remarkable performances from individual students included Tanishk Shanker with 12 A* grades and Masaswni Dhingra with 11 A* grades, both from Wellington International School; Negin Haji Sabbagh, Isabelle Grenville, Mahnoor Saeed, Zarlush Zaidi and Misbah Kassam all with in excess of 10 A* and additional A grades from Jumeirah College; and Rumana Fazal and Libby Vercruijsse from Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis, who also topped the charts with in excess of 10 A* and additional A grades.      

International Baccalaureate
GEMS schools also continue to perform above the international averages in the International Baccalaureate. The average score and pass rate for GEMS schools is approximately 3 percent higher than the international pass rate.  Indeed, international results have remained relatively static for a number of years while GEMS schools continue in an upward trend of improvement, exceeding targets and expectations